Shrinking Violet

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Is talking aloud madness?

Posted: 20/05/2016 at 23:17


Posted: 20/05/2016 at 23:13

Jubblies!  4d each.  Frozen - lasted for ages.  And what about Jamboree Bags with pictures of pre-war scout in shorts, no less, on the front?  And the contents were rubbish!

Is talking aloud madness?

Posted: 20/05/2016 at 23:10

PP I used to have a neighbour the other side of a very high hedge and we would "chat".  It could be dangerous at times when he lobbed a the odd cabbage or three in my direction!  (done without malice, and at least with forewarning, 'cos he had too many and was giving away the surplus!)

I talk to my plants all the time.  For some reason, I assume they are all male.  Does anyone else ascribe gender to their own plants I wonder?


Posted: 20/05/2016 at 22:57

You must have been to a posh school then PP   We weren't allowed fountain pens until we went to Grammar School.  And then we weren't allowed to use biros.  To this day I find my writing is a real mess with a biro but much more legible with a fountain pen.  Real ink!

And yes I also remember the blue bag - you were supposed to dab it on a bee sting, or a wasp sting, because it was acidic and took away the alkalinity of one of their stings (or the other way round!) but I can't remember which sting was which, so I'd have been no good at that bit of first aid!

Gibbs toothpaste - pink solid lump in a round tin that you swished your brush round to get this disgusting tasting gunk onto the brush!  Lifebuoy soap!  Daz and Omo with their competitive free plastic flowers!


Posted: 20/05/2016 at 22:41

Crumbs, PP, I just can't imagine tracing anything in maths.  Geometry is the closest I can think of, but that was all compasses and set squares and protractors. 

And thinking back, for those of us of a certain age, doesn't it make you cringe to see people make a fist (literally) of holding a pen to write.  Now, if they'd had to write with a dip-in pen, they'd have had to learn to hold a pen "properly".  I can't get used to the cramped and (to my eyes) awkward ways I see of pen-wielding youngsters!


Posted: 20/05/2016 at 22:28

But it was good as tracing paper, Hazel, especially when you had to do maps for geography

Honey Fungus

Posted: 20/05/2016 at 21:34

shrinkingviolet - very gracious of you, and thank you.  Now - it you're a Just William fan you could be Violet Bott (I'll thcweam and thcweam until I'm thick).  Or Violette - which sounds rather pretty.  But I'll leave it to you - just let us know your new name.


Honey Fungus

Posted: 20/05/2016 at 18:36

PP - Armillatox is still available, but the company can't declare the usage for things other than that which it is licensed for.  But if you go on to their website, they will give details of varying applications should you wish to use it.  (It's pretty good at tackling vine weevils, for example, but they're not allowed to promote it as such.)

Honey Fungus

Posted: 20/05/2016 at 18:10

Er - I have been a part of this board for a number of years as Shrinking Violet - the only difference between the OP's name and mine is a space and capital letters.

I was confused when I saw this thread.  Would it be better if another name was found?

Disguising a telegraph pole

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 22:01

Thing with ivy is that it's very easy to grow and if the Jobsworth wants you to cut it down, you don't feel as though you have lost a precious plant.  And it is marvellous for wildlife - I couldn't believe how many insects/birds took full advantage of ours.

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